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Fishing on Toledo Bend Lake

Greg Crafts owns and operates Toledo Bend Guide Service and Lake Cottage on the north end of the lake out of Huxley, Tx. Greg has been fishing Toledo Bend since it's impoundment and has been running his guide service full time since 1993. Whether you're a visiting pro preparing for a tournament, a novice wanting to learn the basics or a businessman wanting to entertain your clients, Greg can accommodate you. Specializing in Black Bass, White Bass, Bream and Crappie. For more information visit Greg's website at http://www.toledo-bend.net/toledobend

Toledo Bend Reservoir Fishing Report
December 1, 2017

Going into December the lake is in great shape, running about four and a half feet below high pool, making it easy to find your favorite fishing spots with plenty of timber showing.

A lot of rumors have been floating around about SRA lowering the lake to work on the damn. As such, I contacted an operating engineer with the SRA and he stated they are not lowering the lake and do not have a scheduled date to lower the lake at this time. However, there will be some committee meetings with numerous departments in the future to discuss this matter but no decisions have been made one way or another.

Here on Toledo Bend, we’re fortunate to be able to fish year round and

December is a prime month to fish for our world renown Crappie and our prolific schools of White Bass. If you are looking to stock up your freezer, December is a good month to do so.

Black Bass: When the water temperature starts dropping below 50 degrees the metabolism of bass starts to slow down conserving energy. Bass will become less active immobilizing themselves in deep water where the temperature variances remain fairly stable. In general, the most productive lures for fishing this time of year are the jig and pig, soft plastics, large deep diving crank baits and spoons. Jigs in black/blue, brown/amber and camo are usually good choices. Craw-worms in reds, greens and pumpkin are effective and deep diving crank baits in shad and crawfish colors work well. Also, a ½ to ¾ oz jigging spoon vertically fished over deep-water humps can be very productive. The key is to fish slowly to trigger a bite.

The Crappie will be holding on the ledges and drops along the old river channel. Concentrate fishing vertically over natural or man-made cover. Shiners or jigs work best.

The Whites will be holding on the north end sandbars. Concentrate on the inside bends along the old river channel. Use your electronics to find the baitfish and you will usually find the Whites. Slab spoons, tail spinners and Rat-L-Traps work best.

It’s Christmas time and I’d like to wish all my fishing friends and readers a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year! If you are looking for that special gift for that special person, look no further. Give a gift certificate from Toledo Bend Guide Service and Lake Cottages. You never know, they may invite you to come along. Also, now is the time to look at your calendar and start making your reservations to get the dates you want for next year.

If you would like an updated report or a guided trip, please contact me.

Greg Crafts
Rt. 1, Bx 1347
Shelbyville, Tx. 75973
(936) 368-7151